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The glories of eyeshadow

I LOVE eyeshadow: beautiful colours for your lids to complement your eyes. But does the promise of pigment translate into beautiful peepers?

LACURA Duo Eyeshadow in Amethyst, €2.59 HHHHI One of the duo is pink, the other is brown. I thought amethyst was purple? The shadow went on better using the sponge rather than my fancy brushes. It looked really rather beautiful and, for the price, you won't quibble about having to touch up.

MAC Jade's Fortune, €20.50 Look at all those colours! Look at the way they swirl together! Use this and you are going to have, like, sexy dragon eyelids, or something? No, you're not. No matter what way I stroked the brush across this eyeshadow, I couldn't get a single colour to stand out, and upon application, it all turned a blah gray. Bummer.

CLARINS Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites, €40 You can use these dry or wet, and I prefer the latter. I used a brush to apply the colours to my lids, then used the sponge to dab on the water. The look was quite Photoshopped, but it didn't last the whole day.

CLINIQUE Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Honey, €32 I found this to be an amazing set of shadows. You get two matte and two shimmer, and you can mix and match to your heart's content. The famous Black Honey shade, best known as a lipgloss, translates beautifully into a set of burnt browns. And the first application lasts and lasts.

THE BODY SHOP Shimmer Cubes, €24.95 Why is this so fiddly, I asked myself? Each of the four colours comes in its own cube and you can just bring along the one or two you are wearing, for touch-ups. Of the four, only two worked well for me, and they didn't last that long.

Cool packaging idea, though.